Report: Abbas will only resume negotiations with full settlement freeze

August 31, 2009 14:36

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will only meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu if the US convinces Israel to put in place a full settlement construction freeze, according to a Reuters report Monday. The report quoted Abbas aide Nabil Shaath as saying that the PA president would only resume negotiations with a complete halt to settlement activity, without "loopholes," as well as a commitment from Israel to establish a Palestinian state.

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